Tracking vehicle fleets has become a booming industry, expected to reach $14,957.5 million by 2025. The technology is available for fleet management in a number of sectors, including construction. This is opening up a wide range of possibilities for contractors to enhance their operations and leverage their fleet and hired trucking to make projects run more smoothly.
How Tracking Construction Vehicles Make Project Management Easier
Before contractors started tracking construction vehicles, managing all of a project's equipment and their activity was a messy process. And it still is for contractors who haven't yet adopted the technology. Checking up on a vehicle's location requires either physically finding it on the site, or making phone calls to drivers, owners, brokers, or plant operators who might have seen the truck last.
This tedious "chasing" process must also be used for verifying whether or not pickups and deliveries have already been made, and when foremen can expect deliveries to arrive. It's a disorganized system that makes it hard for you to stay on top of operations and manage your projects effectively.
With tracked construction vehicles, you can rely on the automatic logging of vehicle arrivals and departures, routes driven, pickups, deliveries, and more. Everything is transparent, keeping all crew members informed and up to date in real-time.
Of course, a good tracking service can do more than provide live location visibility. It can also give you deeper insights into how well your tracked construction vehicles are performing, and any other factors that can influence your project's progress. From the turn-around times at quarries to periods of slow activity, monitoring every leg of a truck’s progress can give you the insights you need to streamline your logistics and address any issues causing bottlenecks.
Construction Truck Tracking Reduces Material Theft
For specific construction sectors, material theft can be a real challenge. One of the sectors with the most potential for material theft is the export business. While the vast majority of haulers are trustworthy and pride themselves on performing top-notch work, there are others that look for ways to cheat the system. Without any insight into where a truck goes once it has picked up material, there is no way to protect yourself from material theft.
However, when you bring on tracking technology, you can reduce the risk of material theft. Prior to vehicle tracking through mobile applications, when you hired a hauler to pick up material and move it to the export site, they could A) do exactly what you ask and bring it to the desired location, B) drive to a yard or pit that is compensating the hauler for the material, or C) keep the material themselves. You would have little recourse if you couldn’t verify where the material ended up.
Fortunately, material theft isn't as much of a threat when your haulers are equipped with trackers. The use of mobile tracking software makes it far more likely that all your haulers are going to stick with option A) since they know their routes are tracked. This prevents significant amounts of lost revenue for your projects.
Tracked Construction Vehicles Can Optimize Your Business
Using a tracking system for your construction fleet has the potential to eliminate many issues that cause project delays, issues with planning, and loss of revenue. But it's important to select the right system so that you can get the best possible results.
With TRUX, you can have peace of mind knowing that you're working with a high-powered tracking system that has all the features you need. From detailed driver punch in and out records and route tracking to deep analytics that can help you manage your fleet or hired hauling, TRUX gives you a full arsenal of tools to get the most out of your fleet.
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